Welcome to the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) at the University of Michigan!

We are the proud Michigan chapter of the national AWIS organization, dedicated to providing women with the skills and support they need to succeed in STEM.

Email us now to be added to our AWIS emailing list! You'll get biweekly updates with events and opportunities.

Winter semester mentoring circle applications are OPEN! Apply here!

Michigan AWIS news and updates

Welcome to our Lead YSE Mentors, Jackie Wrage and Sarah Fantin! They'll be helping Anna make sure YSE runs smoothly this year.

Let us know which events you'd be interested in attending next semester!

Winter semester mentoring circles are accepting new members! You can join a group of grad students and post-docs to discuss topics relevant to women in STEM, of all fields. Apply here. (Current members need not reapply; if you'd like to change groups or leave, fill out this form.)

Young Scientists' Expo: We are currently recruiting volunteers for our annual collaboration with local Forsythe Middle School, who we help put on a science fair featuring students' experiments. Sign up to volunteer!

Nominate your colleagues/AWIS members for our AWIS Instagram Spotlight!


Call for writers!

Are you passionate about communicating science? Do you want to share your experiences in research? Consider joining our new team of writers or writing a guest post for the AWIS UM blog!

We invite posts on a range of topics, such as (but not limited to):

  • Your experiences in graduate school
  • Job searching and negotiating
  • Advice for undergraduates thinking about grad school
  • Issues in gender and science
  • Op-eds on current events, university policies, etc.
  • Open to any topics related to women in STEM or life in academia!

For more information or to send us a short pitch, email michiganawis.comm@gmail.com.

The Young Scientists' Expo 2018-2019 is gearing up for another awesome year of science!

A goodbye note from former YSE leader Lauren Koch:

"My time with the U of M chapter of AWIS has been short but incredible. Practically immediately after coming to graduate school at U of M, I got involved with AWIS through the Young Scientists’ Expo (YSE) Program, where graduate students visit a local middle school to mentor students in constructing a science project. I have always enjoyed outreach and found this as a perfect opportunity to get involved in shaping young students’ formative STEM experiences, especially because I did not enjoy science until my senior year of high school. I loved the program so much that I hoped to take on a bigger role in its success by joining the 2018-2019 executive board as the Co-Director of Outreach, with Anna Michmerhuizen as my co-director counterpart. I have had such a blast working with the board, the YSE mentors, middle school faculty, middle school students, and everyone else AWIS has brought into my life. My time on the board was cut short when my PI made the announcement that the lab would be moving to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Regardless, I am thrilled to hear about the improvements Anna and I worked to include in this year’s program, and I hope to stay in touch with the board and program. I enjoyed my role as Co-Director of Outreach and hope to continue with outreach initiatives in Madison, but I will always hold AWIS at U of M near and dear to my heart. Thanks to everyone who has made YSE and AWIS so special, and I look forward to seeing how the program and chapter evolve in the coming years." - Lauren

Winter 2019 events

  • January 2019: Mentoring circle applications open for winter semester
  • January 17: Mid-year all-member event
  • February: Mentoring circle event; post-doc panel
  • March 16-17th : Youth Science Expo: judging & presentations
  • April 4: End-of-year picnic

Tag us on Instagram (@awis_um) & Twitter (@AWiS_UM) so we can share your awesome research and outreach work! Doing cool fieldwork? Share it! Stuck in lab pipetting for the ninth straight hour? Share that too!

Know someone who inspires and pushes you? Tell us who your mentors are - we will highlight them in a mini-profile on Instagram! (They can be anyone - a faculty advisor, colleague, or even your mom!)

Nominate someone for an AWIS Instagram spotlight!

Instagram @AWIS_UM